Kerala is known as God’s Own Country, and for good reason. Almost every part of Kerala sees hordes of tourists all year round
Kollam, a port town located on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake, is one of Kerala’s many gems that stand testament to its label. The Ashtamudi Lake is known to be the southern opening for the famed backwaters, so Kollam provides everything a traveler looks for—a serene, relaxing holiday in the lap of nature, while enjoying the conveniences of a city life.Steeped in history, Kollam was an important trade center with historical mentions in the Biblical times during King Solomon’s reign. Trade with the Chinese, Romans and Arabs, among others, was commonplace from the Kollam port. The city is still an important point of trade and manufacture, but it is an even bigger tourist hotspot. Houseboats on the backwaters shaded by towering palm trees, long, winding sandy beaches and historical edifices make this town an ideal destination for a trip with your friends, family or just your special loved one.Apart from just lazing on the beach of cuddling inside a houseboat, Kollam has plenty to offer to the discerning tourist. The Tangasseri lighthouse that stands towering over you at over 140 ft, along with its adjoining fort, is a must-see. There are a number of temples displaying traditional Keralite architecture that would be a perfect stopover for the religiously inclined.The British Residency building in the city has been often called a fine piece of architecture; add the Portuguese cemetery to that itinerary, and any history buff will be satiated. The port town also offers many sprawling beaches, so hop from one to the other to experience how kind nature has been here. If you’re travelling with kids, check out the Adventure Park or the Asramam Picnic Village, where they can learn and play all day long. When in Kollam, there won’t be a moment of boredom.The most fun way of getting around Kollam would undoubtedly be by boat. If you feel like splurging, hop onto a double-decker luxury boat. Buses are also readily available through town. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are also convenient options to sightsee at your own leisure.Be careful while venturing into the water. Certain parts are deeper than they seem, so it is best to ask locals before taking a dip
Kollam is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Trivandrum at a distance of 57kms.
Airports: Trivandrum International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Kollam from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Kollam Jn